Thanks to everyone that came along to our summer BBQ last week in Hyde Park. As promised the sun shone, there wasn’t a cocktail sausage in sight and we think it was our best summer get-together yet. If you weren’t able to make it, this short video shows you what you missed out on… Hopefully we’ll see you there next year!
We have been busy working away on new features for Express and we’re very excited to tell you about them!
More flexible inline images
We’ve had many requests to make the styling of inline images more flexible, and wanted to work on this feature for a while. You can now use the alignment options in the Media Library to select whether the image you are inserting should be left, right or centre aligned! If you’d rather the image appears as it always has, you should select ‘None’ – and it will keep your usual styling.
We have also added the ability to turn off the tap-to-fullscreen gallery, which is automatically applied to inline images. If you have a small image, that you don’t want to be viewed larger you can use the ‘Turn off tap to zoom’ setting, which will turn off this functionality.
HOW: This setting is in the panel to the right of the image you have selected to insert into your content: ATTACHMENT DISPLAY SETTINGS. You can select the position from the alignment dropdown. The ‘Turn off tap to zoom’ setting is above the alignment tool.
You can make charts – inside Express!!
Providing information to your readers in different formats allows them to digest it more easily. We have built a tool that allows you to create beautiful charts directly in Pugpig Express, and position them inline in articles you are creating.
There are 6 types of chart you can create, pie, line, bar, doughnut. radar and polar, and you can style the different elements of the graphs to fit your bespoke colour palette.
HOW: Charts work in the same way as products – you create them in the Charts tab on the left, and then when you are happy with that chart, you can add them to the body of your article with the ‘Add Charts’ button in the text editor (near the Add Boxout button)
Set your ‘Back to Top’ preference once
‘Back to Top’ can be a useful navigation tool for your users, and we have now made it a global setting – so if you know you want it always turned on in your articles (or even off… ) you can set it once, and never think about it again.
HOW: The setting can be found in Appearance > Customise > Content Settings. If you leave the setting on ‘Disable override’ the setting you apply on each article in ‘Show the back to top button’ will be respected. The other 2 settings will override the article setting.
A few weeks back we announced a new way to get your content into Pugpig Express using your PDFs, and we hosted a webinar to give some more information about our exciting new service!
Don’t worry if you missed it, you can watch it by clicking the video above. Our commercial director Zoe Walters and Pugpig Express product owner Clare Evans demo the new service and answer some of your questions in a Q&A at the end. If you want to see any of our other webinars, make sure to find Pugpig on Vimeo!
We’re happy to announce the release of AW360, the new app created by Advertising Week using Pugpig!
The new AW360 app features year-round thought leadership content curated by Advertising Week, the premier global gathering of advertising, marketing, brand and technology professionals.
AW360 also makes great use of the Pugpig’s timeline view, with articles appearing upon the launch of the app in chronological order. This means readers can scroll through all of the fantastic content, with articles covering topics such as ‘Social & Influence,’ ‘Programatic’ and ‘Marketer’s Innovation,’ ensuring that they are in the loop when new content is posted.
The UK’s most trusted provider of travel, Travelzoo, has just launched a new digital magazine using Pugpig!
Travelzoo Experience is a free magazine curated by the Deal Experts at Travelzoo and is rich in local and entertainment deals, stories, opinion articles and interview pieces. The first edition offers content around the discovery of exotic and beautiful destinations and tips from their local experts. The app also updates readers on recommended hotels, shows and restaurants that they love and gives readers the chance to win a prize every month.
Travelzoo Experience makes it really easy to get your hands on their recommendations, and by using Pugpig’s shopping module, readers can purchase any of the books and music mentioned within their editions directly from the app.
The Voice Magazine by The Communications Workers Union (CWU) is one of the latest titles to launch using Pugpig! The bi-monthly magazine offers a variety of content for their 200,000-strong membership.
The Voice Magazine is packed with great industrial news and campaigns aimed specifically at the their thriving membership across postal, telecoms and financial sectors. The content is sectioned clearly by sector within the contents table, and offers an array of general features and a lively letters page.
CWU have really emphasised the smooth translation between their print and a digital issue, as their editions are easy to navigate, look great, and keep the traditional cover-to-cover reading experience through their fully-responsive app.
National Geographic Traveller (UK) have released a brand new Photography Magazine app and we’re eager to announce its launch using Pugpig.
The digital magazine offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of the fantastic travel photography from National Geographic Traveller (UK), including previously unpublished images from their photographers around the world. Their fully responsive app is now available across devices on iOS, Android and web and is absolutely free.
The app has an abundance of exclusive, digital-only content such as features, tutorials, and kit guides. Their photographers explain how they captured their winning images and provide tips for shooting in similar conditions. And using Pugpig’s shopping module, users can browse Photography Magazine’s kit guides and purchase any of the recommended camera gear from their editions. On top of this, the app also gives users access to exclusive competitions and giveaways.
Jon Marks, CTO and co-founder of Kaldor says “We wanted to ensure that the Photography Magazine app would do justice to their fantastic content, especially their beautiful imagery. Working closely with the National Geographic Traveller (UK) team, we feel the end product is certainly a success.”
Tamsin Wressell, editor of National Geographic Traveller Photography Magazine, says “The app is an ideal platform to give our readers further insight into the people behind the camera — some of the best in the industry. Plus, we showcase the unseen images from National Geographic Traveller (UK); those we may not have featured due to space restrictions but which are equally as remarkable.”
We worked with Metro to replace an already existing app, enabling them to plug straight into their existing editorial systems and create beautifully designed mobile editions with almost no extra editorial effort.
The new Metro app offers their immense readership two issues every weekday, for absolutely free. Staying true to their print issue, readers can get their fix of news, sport, celebrity, features and more, all delivered automatically to smartphones and tablets. And with the use of responsive design, pages adhere to different screen sizes too, which means Metro’s daily videos and stunning HD photography translate seamlessly across mobile devices.
Metro has done some great things with the Pugpig App Container through bespoke templating, creating sleek and effective edition covers that lead straight into the day’s biggest stories. With easy navigation for their users, they have also enabled the use of cross-edition search and deep-linking, plus readers can share articles directly from the app.
On top of this, the new app is packed with interactive features and working with companies such as Puzzler and Specle, Metro has integrated responsive jigsaws, crosswords and advertisements into their editions so that their readers don’t miss out on the deals and competitions they know and love from their print issues.
Jonny Kaldor, CEO and co-founder of Kaldor, says “This has to be our biggest launch to date, and possibly the most exciting. Together with the Metro team and our friends at Clock, we’ve built an outwardly looking simple, yet incredibly sophisticated app using our standard off the shelf Pugpig product. And by tightly integrating with their own editorial system, the Metro team is now able to publish content faster and at lower cost than ever before. We love it.”
Martin Ashplant, Digital Director, Metro, said: “Metro is delighted to be releasing an improved version of our digital editions, and looks forward to users enjoying the rejuvenated and sleeker design. We’re now providing a one-stop-shop for advertisers, something unique in the marketplace that no other newsbrands are doing. And following the huge success of our evening edition on tablet, it’s great to see it now become available on phone too.”
A few weeks back, we flew over to San Francisco for the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and now that we’ve returned we’re keen to share some of the exciting reveals!
Further changes to iTunes Connect were announced at WWDC in addition to the pre-announced new revenue streams and the new 85% revenue split. Great news for digital publishers, a whole 15% increase in revenue from your devoted subscribers. Even better news is there’s no waiting for this, it’s been in effect for renewals since 13 June!
Subscription-groups are a great way to introduce varying tiers and durations for your subscribers, for instance monthly and yearly subs at silver, gold and platinum levels. Upgrading a subscription is instantaneous for a user and downgrading happens automatically at the next renewal dates. Any changes between subscriptions within a subscription group do not reset the accrual of time for 85% revenue split.
Another change that will provide an easier option for managing churn when upping subscription prices is the option to target prices for new-customers only. When using this option, existing customers’ will renew their subscriptions at the old price without warning about price changes providing the option to cancel. Not only that, but Apple has finally conceded that your costs may be different by region so it is now possible to vary price by region, including when upping subscriptions prices for new users only. There were workarounds for subscriptions before this which involved creating new subscription products and hiding the old ones at the old prices from the interface. (A feature we like to refer to as “legacy subs” here at Pugpig.)
There were also announcements at WWDC regarding Apple News with the introduction of subscriptions with selected publishers, a new cleaner look focussed more on Sections and breaking-news alerts on users’ home screens. We’re currently talking to the News team to get more information, but in the meantime we encourage publishers to sign up to the Apple News channel and start using it, if you don’t already.
We’ve added support to publish to Apple News straight from Pugpig Express and customers such as MotorSport and John Lewis are using this to distribute their content to the platform. We’re keen to continue to work with our customers to gain further insight and feedback on distributing content to third party distribution channels, so if you have any questions or comments please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Available now on iOS and Android tablets and phones, the new Families First magazine app is filled with digital only content that renders beautifully across all screen sizes and is delivered straight into the hands of readers wherever they may be.
Families First is a faith-based magazine created by Mothers’ Union, an outreach charity led by four million members dedicated to supporting families worldwide and this marks an exciting time in their history as they launch their first ever app.
Mothers’ Union have packed lots of great content into their digital editions from reviews to advice for and from their readers. Ensuring that their content can be digested in various ways, the new app offers readers digital only content such as the podcast feature which is available from the toolbar in each page of the edition. Readers also have the option to purchase any featured books and music at the click of a button through Pugpig’s shopping module.
Tola Fisher, the Publications Editor at Mothers’ Union says, “We’re excited for this new step on the digital platform and hope it will help us to reach many more families around the world.”